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Jan.Shanty Session@The Press Room-NH

curmudgeon 11 Jan 11 - 05:52 PM
Charley Noble 11 Jan 11 - 05:59 PM
SINSULL 11 Jan 11 - 06:05 PM
Bat Goddess 11 Jan 11 - 08:52 PM
SINSULL 12 Jan 11 - 07:43 PM
Jeri 12 Jan 11 - 08:06 PM
curmudgeon 12 Jan 11 - 08:16 PM
Charley Noble 12 Jan 11 - 08:26 PM
Jeri 12 Jan 11 - 08:52 PM
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Charley Noble 13 Jan 11 - 08:27 AM
curmudgeon 13 Jan 11 - 06:17 PM
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Subject: Jan.Shanty Session@The Press Room-NH
From: curmudgeon
Date: 11 Jan 11 - 05:52 PM

The monthly shanty/forebitter/ballad session will be held at the Press Room in Portsmouth NH from 3:30 to 7:30 PM, by which time the streets should be passable and parkable.

Although I can barely eke out an octave, I have neither tone nor volume and so will depend on others to sing for me. Looking for both those from the north and the south.

See you on Saturday - Tom


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Subject: RE: Jan.Shanty Session@The Press Room-NH
From: Charley Noble
Date: 11 Jan 11 - 05:59 PM

Tom-

I'll be there for sure and maybe Nor will be with me as well.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Jan.Shanty Session@The Press Room-NH
From: SINSULL
Date: 11 Jan 11 - 06:05 PM

Still on antibiotics, Tom. Maybe next month.
Sorry
Mary


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Subject: RE: Jan.Shanty Session@The Press Room-NH
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 11 Jan 11 - 08:52 PM

Some months (such as this one, when the first is on a Saturday) the third Saturday sneaks up on you.

Mary, hope you're feeling better. It's been a long haul for you!

Linn


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Subject: RE: Jan.Shanty Session@The Press Room-NH
From: SINSULL
Date: 12 Jan 11 - 07:43 PM

Did you guys really get a foot of snow?


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Subject: RE: Jan.Shanty Session@The Press Room-NH
From: Jeri
Date: 12 Jan 11 - 08:06 PM

Yes. You jealous?


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Subject: RE: Jan.Shanty Session@The Press Room-NH
From: curmudgeon
Date: 12 Jan 11 - 08:16 PM

Officially, it was 14" in Portsmouth, 9" in Northwood, and it looks to be about 9" here in Nottingham, deeper in some drifts - Tom


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Subject: RE: Jan.Shanty Session@The Press Room-NH
From: Charley Noble
Date: 12 Jan 11 - 08:26 PM

And we've got a foot and a half which keeps blowing around and filling in whenever I go out a clear the entry paths and driveway.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Jan.Shanty Session@The Press Room-NH
From: Jeri
Date: 12 Jan 11 - 08:52 PM

Weather Underground has 20" in Deerfield
14" in Portsmouth, 15" in Derry, 14" in Somersworth, and 11" in N. Northwood (Stafford Co.). I got around 10" to a foot, I believe. Hard to say, as a lot of it seemed to want to stay airborne. If I got more than I was supposed to get, who do I call to give it back?


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Subject: RE: Jan.Shanty Session@The Press Room-NH
From: Jeri
Date: 12 Jan 11 - 08:53 PM

...but all will be well by Saturday.


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Subject: RE: Jan.Shanty Session@The Press Room-NH
From: Charley Noble
Date: 13 Jan 11 - 08:27 AM

Weather report looks decent enough for Saturday. Maybe a little light snow in the later evening. But nothing to scare away the true stalwarts lusting to lead or listen to nautical songs.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Jan.Shanty Session@The Press Room-NH
From: curmudgeon
Date: 13 Jan 11 - 06:17 PM

I talked with Joanne, and Peter, this afternoon. Peter is on the high road to recovery from his surgery, and has even gone back to work.

And if that's not good enough news, they both allowed as they're planning on gathering some of their gang and joining us on Saturday,


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Subject: RE: Jan.Shanty Session@The Press Room-NH
From: Charley Noble
Date: 13 Jan 11 - 08:28 PM

Tom-

That's good news on several levels.

I'm working up a new C. Fox Smith poem for singing but it's not exactly a sea song. The sea was there but the soldiers had a job to do on land and the job had gone very bad.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Jan.Shanty Session@The Press Room-NH
From: SINSULL
Date: 14 Jan 11 - 08:55 AM

Good to hear Peter is on his feet again. Someone buy Joanne a drink. She has earned it.
SINS


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Subject: RE: Jan.Shanty Session@The Press Room-NH
From: maeve
Date: 15 Jan 11 - 05:26 AM

That's welcome news, Peter and Joanne.

Maeve


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Subject: RE: Jan.Shanty Session@The Press Room-NH
From: Charley Noble
Date: 15 Jan 11 - 09:58 PM

Well, if you missed this evening at the Press Room, you really missed a fine evening of singing. About 20 singers were there, and everyone had a chance to lead three or more songs. Nor and Eli, Judy and I, were the Maine contingent. The Gloucester gang (Peter, Joanne, Rose and I'm blanking on the 4th member) was there in force, Jeri, Mark, Chris, Justine, Marty, Jeff came in late, Tom and Linn, and two new folks from Newburyport, and one or two others.

Judy took careful notes on what songs were sung and who led them but I think I'll do that post tomorrow. It was a fine evening.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Jan.Shanty Session@The Press Room-NH
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Jan 11 - 08:08 AM

I'll supplement Charley's list: the 4th from Gloucester was Barry O'Brien; Stephan Smith from Portsmouth and Annie Storr visiting from DC were among the good and loyal harmonizers.


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Subject: RE: Jan.Shanty Session@The Press Room-NH
From: Charley Noble
Date: 16 Jan 11 - 10:09 AM

I'd another one I missed was Rita.

And the kitchen staff!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Jan.Shanty Session@The Press Room-NH
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 16 Jan 11 - 10:40 AM

Not so much the kitchen staff as the waitresses who occasionally sort of joined in. Rita is Rita Pomerleau, a regular listener at the Friday session who has been joining in a few times with a song. I think this may have been her first time singing at a shanty session. Also Ernie Pigeon from Newburyport and Mike Modern from Portsmouth.

Don't have time to start the song list right now -- work rears its ugly by necessary head. (Gainful employment is good.)

While laying out my calendar for 2011 I noted that I'll be missing the March sea music singaround because of work -- smack in the middle of our expo/trunk show weekend. I'll miss the Friday session, too, as well as being knackered thanks to Thursday being St. Patrick's Day. Have to swap hours on Thursday so I can put in an appearance at all and, because of the trunk show, for the first time in 30 years can not only not take off the day following, but I can't come in late, either. Sigh.

Linn


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Subject: RE: Jan.Shanty Session@The Press Room-NH
From: Charley Noble
Date: 16 Jan 11 - 06:08 PM

Linn-

I'll post Judy's notes for the song list tomorrow. We just got back from major birthday party for favorite niece.

The songs I led were:

Bound Away based on a poem by Bill Adams
The Spectral Fishing Fleet by Charlie Ipcar
Farewell to ANZAC based on a poem by C. Fox Smith
Mobile Bay based on a Poem by C. Fox Smith

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Jan.Shanty Session@The Press Room-NH
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 16 Jan 11 - 06:22 PM

Here's what was sung --

1. Rolling Home - Mark Ryer
2. Sammy's Bar - Ernie Pigeon
3. Morning Glory - Mike Modern
4. Bound Away (Liverpool Packet)- Charlie Ipcar
5. Drink Together, Messmates All [17 or 18 year old C. Fox Smith] - Norris Dale (Nor)
6. Haul Away Joe - Eli Dale
7. Time to Leave an Old Ship - Judy Barrows
8. Alabama John Cherokee - Chris Maden
9. Sorrow of a Sailor - Rita Pomerleau
10. Frozen In Frobisher Bay - Joanne Souza
11. Mollymauk - Jeri
12. Little Pot Stove - Rose Sheehan
13. Going On Board the Rosabella - Marty Stock
14. 'Tis Our Sailing Time - Pete Souza
15. Nine Times a Night - Linn Schulz
16. If I Were a Blackbird - Mark Ryer
17. Isle Au Haut - Ernie
18. Paddy West - Mike Modern
19. Spectral Fishing Fleet - Charlie
20. Main Royal Yard - Nor
21. Plains of Mexico - Eli
22. Help Me to Raise 'Em - Chris M.
23. Blarnie Stone - Rita
24. Wings - Joanne
25. Astoria's Bar - Rose (et al)
26. Out On the Rolling Sea - Barry O'Brien
27. Hey Rain - Pete S.
28. Sally Free and Easy - Mark
29. Nannie C. Bohlin - Ernie [from a PBS production]
30. Farewell to Anzac - Charlie
31. The Kerry Recruit - Nor
32. The Sloop John A - Linn
33. Hard Times in Old Virginia - Justine Donovan
34. Keep On Fishing - Joanne
35. Run Come See Jerusalem - Marty Stock
36. Round the Corn, Sally - Barry O'Brien
37. Johnson Girls - Rose
38. Clear Away the Morning - Ernie
39. Ambletown - Chris M.
40. Jeannie C. - Mark
41. Mobile Bay (Roll the Cotton Down) - Charlie
42. Greenland Whale Fisheries - Nor & Eli
43. Plains of Baltimore - Jeff Warner
44. Oysterman - Joanne
45. Ida Lewis - Justine
46. Outward Bound - Judy
47. Bye Bye, My Roseanna - Pete S.
48. The Dutchman - Mark
49. Athens Queen - Ernie
50. Bold Reilly - Rose
51. I Must Go Down to the Sea Again... [1 verse doggerel about underwear] Chris Vaughn [loved it, Chris!]
52. Weldon - Chris Maden
53. The Mary Mack at Sea - Jeff Warner
54. Yangtze River - Charlie
55. Deep Blue Sea - Marty
56. Ten Stone - Linn & Jeri [all these silver spades & golden chains...]
57. Bye Bye, Skipper - Mark
58. Hanging Johnny - Chris M.
59. Bay of Biscay - Rose
60 Nelson's Prayer - Mark

As always, I may have gotten titles wrong, spelled someone's name wrong, etc. and would love to be corrected.

Tom has started quietly singing along (without his sound system) if the song is in his key. The problem is, he's still finding out what his keys are, what notes come easier and which need to be worked on, and what notes might not be there at all with the new vocal equipment.

Linn


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Subject: RE: Jan.Shanty Session@The Press Room-NH
From: Charley Noble
Date: 16 Jan 11 - 06:32 PM

Linn-

Excellent list. I'd forgotten that I led "Yangtse River Shanty."

I always tear up when someone leads "The Sloop John A."

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Jan.Shanty Session@The Press Room-NH
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 16 Jan 11 - 07:10 PM

The Sloops John A...a day of watchful searching...a quest unfulfilled. Sad, innit? The dream dies hard...

Linn


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Subject: RE: Jan.Shanty Session@The Press Room-NH
From: Charley Noble
Date: 17 Jan 11 - 10:19 AM

Linn-

Yeh, that "dream" and then deh guy on the pier sez, "She ain't here!"

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Jan.Shanty Session@The Press Room-NH
From: GUEST,guest Mike O'Leary-Johns
Date: 20 Jan 11 - 06:20 AM

hello there.....The Press Room....
Tony and I were having a bit of a sing lately and were talking about our Visit to the Fair Parish of Portsmouth ; and of course the Press Room.We have great memories of th trip.I am probably too late but have a great night......... Good Wiises to you all.
If by any chance one of you meets up with Debbie Richards please give her our Best Wishes,We stayed with Debbie... A Lovely Lady!.
All the best , Mike {For Mainbrace}


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